Imperial Beers

Southern Tier Pumking

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Michael:  Each year, come autumn, I find myself craving pumpkin. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin lattes and, yes, pumpkin beer. In previous reviews, I have confessed my enjoyment of fruit beers and to the high-browed beer connoisseur, I’m sure Pumking is just another immature, girlish blend. To me, however, it is fall at its finest. […] ... [Read more]

Port Brewing Panzer Imperial Pilsner

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What do you think of when you hear the beer style known as Pilsner? Some might think of the watered down macro brewery rendition, others Pilsner Urquell, or even a light grain that imparts a bready sweetness. Well, whatever comes to mind just realize that I’m currently diving into an extreme Pils that has got my palate […] ... [Read more]

Rogue XS Imperial Younger’s Special Bitter

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Noel: Paying $5 for seven ounces of beer definitely requires some consideration. But in my case, if the beer has “Rogue” plastered on the front of it, I’d probably pay $5 for one ounce. Speaking of which…who decided that “ounce” would be a good term for a measure of volume? What a strange word… Anyway, […] ... [Read more]

Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale

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I loved my first Dead Guy Ale so when I saw the “Double” I thought I’d better grab this one. I’m not sure what “double” does but this is a fine beer. I think it has something to do with it being categorized as a “Strong Ale”. It has a orange, copper, carmel color that […] ... [Read more]

AleSmith YuleSmith Holiday Ale

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One moment I’m sitting in my living room on a cool, February evening in San Diego and I pop the cap of an Alesmith bomber. I pour. Immediately I am transported to a pine forest. Lots of resiny pine going on here. Towering, resiny pines. Am I having a stroke? No, I’m having Yulesmith, a […] ... [Read more]